Aug 11, 2008
The log carrier LOLA is reported to have lost approximately 200 logs overboard yesterday (Sunday) a few miles off Robben Island. The vessel has come into the Port of Cape Town but the 200 logs - weighing between 5 and 12 tonnes each and up to 10 metres in length - pose a threat to passing shipping traffic and small craft such as fishing and recreational vessels. Should a vessel and a log collide, it could result in serious damage and may have implications for the safety on those onboard.
The tug SMIT AMANDLA was dispatched yesterday from St Helena Bay and is in the area assisting the South African Maritime Safety Authority in determining the extent of the drift of the logs so as to ensure that the navigational warning (nav warning) currently out to all shipping is accurate.
It is understood that the vessel's owners intend to contract with a local company to retrieve the logs.
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